Alzheimer’s disease, let’s talk about it!

Across Europe, Clariane has made it a priority to support people with Alzheimer’s disease, their families and their teams. The Group, which has set itself the mission of taking care of each person’s humanity in times of vulnerability, has developed special facilities for Alzheimer’s patients in its care homes (Korian, Seniors Residencias, etc.).

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease characterised by a progressive loss of memory and certain cognitive functions, impacting a person’s activities of daily living. Nearly 10 million people in Europe suffer from Alzheimer’s or related diseases, and the number of sufferers is expected to double by 2050 (source: Alzheimer Europe). That’s why Clariane has made this disease a priority in its medical and health innovation strategy with its programme “Alzheimer’s disease, let’s talk about it!”.

On or around 21 September 2023, World Alzheimer’s Day,

Clariane is taking action on a local, national and European level with a range of initiatives to support residents, their families and our teams!

Our “Alzheimer’s disease, let’s talk about it!” Conference

On 20 September 2023, the inaugural “Alzheimer’s disease, let’s talk about it!” conference was held to mark the launch of Clariane Group’s Alzheimer’s programme for family carers and teams throughout Europe.

A conference hosted by:

  • Bruno Dubois, Neurologist, Professor Emeritus at Sorbonne University, member of the French National Academy of Medicine

  • Antoine Piau, Geriatrician, Professor at Toulouse University Hospital, Medical Director, Ethics and Health Innovation at the Clariane Group

Key figures

  • 10 millions

    people suffering from Alzheimer’s or related diseases in Europe (source)

  • 1.2 million

    people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease in France (source)

  • 2/3

    of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease are women (source)

  • 40%

    of Alzheimer’s disease cases could be prevented or delayed by targeting 12 risk factors throughout life (source)

  • 376

    protected living units in Clariane’s care homes in Europe

Our videos on Alzheimer’s disease

To help families better understand Alzheimer’s disease and support their loved ones, both at home and in care homes, the Group’s Medical Strategy and Healthcare Innovation Department has produced a series of videos in collaboration with Professor Bruno Dubois, Dr Didier Armaingaud, Dr Elisabeth Kruczek and experts from all the countries in which Clariane operates.

These videos, each 5 to 8 minutes long, explain the disease, its symptoms, diagnosis, existing treatments, how to support your loved one at home, help for you or your loved one, and when you should consider moving into a care home.

  • Video 1 | The memory disorders

  • Video 2 | Other cognitive disorders

  • Video 3 | Psychobehavioral disorders

  • Video 4 | The work-up of the GP

  • Video 5 | Memory consultation unit

  • Video 6 | Symptomatic treatments in Alzheimer’s disease

  • Video 7 | Disease-modifying therapies

  • Video 8 | Non-pharmacological interventions at Clariane

  • Video 9 | At home, how can I support my loved one who has cognitive disorders?

  • Video 11 | Entry into nursing home

  • In all our countries, we ensure that our elderly stay in touch with nature as much as possible

  • At Clariane, non-drug interventions are a fundamental part of caring for people living with dementia

  • In 2023, the Clariane Foundation organised an intergenerational literature competition on Alzheimer’s disease with Uniopss and the Fondation Médéric Alzheimer

  • As the disease progresses, speech diminishes and body language becomes increasingly important in exchanges. Animals are great mediators when emotions are difficult to express

  • Maintaining the autonomy and habits that our elders used to have at home, particularly through domestic activities, enables them to remain in control of their own lives

  • When the relationship with your relative suffering from Alzheimer’s disease becomes too complex, doing activities together helps to maintain contact

  • The pleasure of playing is ageless, whether you have Alzheimer’s or not

  • A home-like environment is reassuring so that people with the disease can keep their bearings for as long as possible

  • Offering the possibility of having a spiritual life right to the end is important, including for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families

  • Art therapy is becoming increasingly popular in care homes. It must be carried out by professionals trained in caring for people who are ill

  • Silverfit, a non-drug therapy to reduce or stabilise functional disorders in Alzheimer’s patients

  • Environment is an important support in providing care. It must give the resident/patient the feeling of being “at home”

  • The furniture, decoration and layout of the rooms must be designed to provide Alzheimer’s patients with a sense of security and comfort

  • Alzheimer’s patients can feel reassured thanks to comforting and reassuring landmarks

  • Ill or not, everyone needs to feel useful, for example by taking part in solidarity initiatives

  • The nursing home bar is open to the town and welcomes families and visitors as well as patients

  • The best way to support our elderly loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s disease is to get to know their life story

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